The jungle is a whole different world for pests compared to my usual 30 pot pepper garden. In fact, I have no pest problems in my usual garden place by the house where I have all my mother plants and a whole bunch more. 20 pots and a row of bales. Life was simple when all I had to worry about was the occasional tomato hornworm. All I ever used before was a duster full of DE. Now I'm amassing a freakin' arsenal.
I guess it's about time I started paying closer attention. I've been really concerned about the stink bugs but there's a whole lot more going on out there than that.
Whenever I pick or do anything else with the plants, I also have an extra bucket with me where I put anything that's not perfect. A week ago I started dumping all the waste fruit in a 15 gallon "tea" bucket rather than the usual household compost pile. I also dumped bunch of very old bulk herbs I needed to get rid of and fed the bucket some nitrogen and some water.
It didn't take long to see crews of slugs climbing up the side of the bucket. I'm assuming they were responsible for some of the more rotted tomatoes. I ordered me some slug bait which should be here soon.
Now I've become interested in what is actually inside damaged fruit. I found an earwig in a tomato today. The armyworms are an ongoing problem even though I've sprayed with BT or Spinosad fairly regularly. I haven't paid much attention to what makes the holes in some of the pepper pods so I started looking in there, too. Today I found a big ol' armyworm all fat and happy inside a reaper pod. I need to pick it up with the BT and soap spraying. As I mentioned earlier, I bought me a gallon of Southern Ag BT for cheap so I can make it rain BT. I found some eggs under a leaf last weekend and thought they were stinker eggs. Nope. I looked today and they hatched armyworms.
I found one of these today but can't find another. I've never actually seen an aphid before but I'm wondering if this may be an aphid. Bad picture with my phone because of the wind and the critter being lively and the fact I'm not worth a hoot at taking one-handed pictures with a phone. If you click the pic and scroll it zooms in bigtime but it's still a lousy picture. Sorry. I'm hunting another one I can actually get into the house and take a pic with the Nikon.